Impressive singing contest breaks out on late-night CTA bus

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CHICAGO — An impromptu sing-off broke out between two CTA bus passengers late Friday, and as a video shows, it was one of the rare instances where loud passengers actually received applause from their fellow bus riders.

Brianne Downing told WGN she was taking the Chicago Avenue bus home when she noticed a sociable passenger that reminded her of the character Titus Andromedon from the Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” After having a short conversation with the man, Downing said the likeness was so strong she knew she had to get a video of him in action.

“One of my good friends loves both the show and the character, and I wanted proof to show him that I found basically Titus on the bus,” Downing said.

So she hit record on her phone, and to her surprise captured an impressive sing-off between the man and another passenger who had said he was in town for a singing event.

In case you’re wondering what songs they’re singing in the video, the first is Diana Ross’ “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and the second is the Italian classic “Mattinata,” which was composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo in 1904.

Downing said the experience was pretty pretty surreal.

“I see viral videos online all the time and wonder how people know to start recording before something starts,” Downing said. “I get it now.”

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